Inspiring mind comes to the region for Australia Day

VISION: Clary with several of the young children he works to help through his company’s initiative, 40K PLUS Pods. Photo:­­­ 40k南京夜网419论坛CLARY Castrission will be Inverell Shire’s Australia Day ambassador.

He will take part in Australia Day celebrations in Ashford and Delungra.

Clary established a foundation to build an orphanage in Bangalore, India after he spent time in that country while he was a university student.

Clary was a 22-years-old and studying law when a lecturer told him not to be one of those people who work from a high rise in Geneva or New York if he wanted to get involved in international poverty-reduction.

“Get to the developing world and get your hands dirty,” Clary was told.

So that’s what he did!

He headed to India, where he came by a community who worked in a granite quarry.

Clary said he was shocked by the conditions as he worked with them.

“I became an Indian quarry miner and I would be up at 4.30am,” he said.

One of the workers invited Clary back to his home for a cup of tea and showed him a basket of his possessions: a broken plastic comb, the side mirror from a car and a photo album of his son’s wedding.

Clary ended up making a pledge to build the community a school.

He came back to Sydney and naively thought it would cost $40,000, so he set up an organisation called 40K Foundation Australia, and five years and $400,000 later, it opened.

When the school was finished, 40K’s journey shifted to figuring out how to scale a sustainable education project so that it can penetrate deeply into rural India.

After 14 months of reinvention and reflection, they launched a new initiative: 40K Plus.

In 2012, 40K launched ten 40K PLUS pods with 300 children currently enrolled.

In 2011 Clary was a state finalist for the NSW Young Australian of the Year award.

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